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  1. #1
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    ARC

    Aug 2014
    Bahia Del Espiritu Santo - "The Bay of the Holy Spirit” - La Florida
    JW 8X V.2 - ML X2 - VP 580
    20,964
    52015 times
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    EQUINOX REPORT CARD THREAD - The Good OR Bad - Rate your experiences and finds.

    Inquiring minds want to know your experiences thus far on the new EQ's...

    I for one am a Minelab fan and have been since Minelabs early days...

    With every new release of a new detector there is a "buzz" and everyone flocks to a new promising detector that will "outdo" the one they currently use.

    BUT... once all the dust settles... I... as well as many others... am very curious as to how their EQ has stacked up in the field.

    Now...

    I know many Tnetters have taken the plunge and bought the EQ's and are currently out there using them.

    Yet... I have seen very little as far as "finds"...

    IN OTHER WORDS... Where all all the "tiny gold chains" ? ? ?

    AND... how is the overall thought about this new "craze" detector ? ? ?

    The good ... the bad... etc.

    I also noticed that many users have had "problems" with this new detector ... THIS I WANT TO HEAR TOO.

    So...

    Post away... ANYTHING that has to do with this detector... EVEN comparisons to other detectors.

    FINDS... readings etc etc etc.

    RATE THE EQ ! ! !

    A+ through an F- like in school.
    Last edited by AARC; May 18, 2018 at 07:23 AM.
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  2. #2
    us
    May 2014
    Oregon
    Minelab's CTX 3030, E-Trac & EQ800, Fisher F75LTD SE & F44, Whites MXT All PRO, Whites TRX Pointer & Shovel, Predator Tools Raptor hand digger & Ranger shovel. Grey Ghost Ultimate headphones.
    1,747
    1338 times
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    A = great addition to my Etrac and CTX...

    EQ800 vs. CTX3030 Likes and Dislikes
    My thoughts on the EQ800

    I recently received the EQ800.
    I have been detecting since 1977 and have had many detectors over the years.

    Currently I have:
    2 old BH wall hangers
    Fisher F44
    Fisher F75LTD SE (with all size coils)
    Whites MXT All Pro (with all size coils)
    Minelab Etrac (with all size coils)
    Minelab CTX 3030 (with all size coils)
    Minelab Equinox 800

    What I really like about the 800:
    Fast/separation
    Lightweight
    Great screen (Really Great)
    Easy to use
    Clear target sounds
    Pinpoints nice
    Wireless headphones
    Did I say fast... lol

    Dislikes:
    Target ID's to close together (more of a beep and dig machine) Dig anything 12/13 and over 20. I may get better with time.
    Nose heavy
    Cheap camlocks

    I miss from my CTX:
    fe/co numbers
    Target trace pinpoint
    I can cherry pick with it like no other detector
    Accurate target ID
    Deep
    CTX camlocks are the best ever

    In iron trash sites = eq800
    In cleaner parks and lawns = CTX

    What a combo very happy here 😀

    This is just my honest opinion guys.

    Thanks Gary from Oregon

  3. #3
    Charter Member
    us
    Nov 2012
    Maryland
    XP Deus, Tesoro Cibola, Full sized shovel and a backhoe
    14,729
    26172 times
    All Types Of Treasure Hunting
    Banner Finds (8)
    Honorable Mentions (1)
    Quote Originally Posted by AARC View Post
    Inquiring minds want to know your experiences thus far on the new EQ's...

    I for one am a Minelab fan and have been since Minelabs early days...

    With every new release of a new detector there is a "buzz" and everyone flocks to a new promising detector that will "outdo" the one they currently use.

    BUT... once all the dust settles... I... as well as many others... am very curious as to how their EQ has stacked up in the field.

    Now...

    I know many Tnetters have taken the plunge and bought the EQ's and are currently out there using them.

    Yet... I have seen very little as far as "finds"...

    IN OTHER WORDS... Where all all the "tiny gold chains" ? ? ?

    AND... how is the overall thought about this new "craze" detector ? ? ?

    The good ... the bad... etc.

    I also noticed that many users have had "problems" with this new detector ... THIS I WANT TO HEAR TOO.

    So...

    Post away...
    Just show us the pictures...no videos, they're too long. Pictures of the fantastic finds. The finds tell the tale. These machine have been out for long enough for some solid stuff to have been found.

    Just pictures. I like pictures. Plus we're in the top time for spring detecting....the heat is coming, along with snakes, ticks, all that fun stuff.
    Oddjob, AARC and Hawks88 like this.

  4. #4
    Charter Member
    us
    Oct 2015
    NC
    Nokta Impact, Tesoro Compadre, Nokta Pin pointer.
    1,986
    4644 times
    All Types Of Treasure Hunting
    For me, the grade is "I" for incomplete. Still too much hype out there to see the big picture. Most of the good finds are being dug because of inexperience with the machine. People give credit to the detector when in fact it is likely their hard work of digging trash to learn the language.
    Dig till you drop!

  5. #5
    Charter Member
    us
    Nov 2012
    Maryland
    XP Deus, Tesoro Cibola, Full sized shovel and a backhoe
    14,729
    26172 times
    All Types Of Treasure Hunting
    Banner Finds (8)
    Honorable Mentions (1)
    Ammoman, I think you nailed it.
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  6. #6
    us
    Can you dig it.

    Dec 2016
    NH
    Equinox 600 - Garrett AT MAX & ProPointer AT------- Back Ups: AT Pro, Tesoro Royal Sabre, Tesoro Mojave, Wilson C&R 4
    349
    1168 times
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    So far I give it a b-/c+.

    I've had it a week and have dug my share of trash and a few treasures.

    Pros:
    Rechargeable aka no batteries needed.
    Customizable settings
    Very sensitive
    Pleasant tones that arent fatiguing on the ears
    Passes nail test with large square nail on top of silver dime
    Goes deep
    Target tones are solid and not warbly

    Negatives:

    Shaft play
    Low battery life (8 hours with sensitivity at 20 and volume at 24 and no backlight)
    VDI is small range and good targets group near each other on VDI.
    Very sensitive to emi

    My 2 previous detectors were at pro and at max. I understood those well and understood their language and target id well. Equinox is a little tougher but it will get better the more targets I dig.

  7. #7
    us
    Sep 2015
    Southeast Grundy, Illinois
    EQ600, EQ800 and a Carrot
    2,943
    3244 times
    Quote Originally Posted by Ammoman View Post
    For me, the grade is "I" for incomplete. Still too much hype out there to see the big picture. Most of the good finds are being dug because of inexperience with the machine. People give credit to the detector when in fact it is likely their hard work of digging trash to learn the language.
    Agreed some what. But that goes for just about every detector out there doesn't it?
    Oddjob, AARC, Ammoman and 1 others like this.
    "See your doctor if your detector has a detection for more then four hours!"

  8. #8
    us
    Dec 2016
    Blountsville, Al
    Equinox 800, Garrett AT Max, Garrett AT Pro, with stock coil AT PRO Pointer, NEL Storm coil, Garrett 5 X 8 coil, 9 X 12 Garrett concentric coil, Nel 6.5 x 9 coil for the Max
    288
    930 times
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    For me overall the grade is I (incomplete)

    A + on ease of use
    F on shaft lock design
    F on customer service
    B + on weight
    F Battery life 8-12 hours really when my RNB's in my Garrett AT-Pro and AT Max are 40 hours each!
    A + depth
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    One never knows what they are going to find until they flip the plug over.

  9. #9
    Charter Member
    us
    Oct 2015
    NC
    Nokta Impact, Tesoro Compadre, Nokta Pin pointer.
    1,986
    4644 times
    All Types Of Treasure Hunting
    Quote Originally Posted by digger460 View Post
    Agreed some what. But that goes for just about every detector out there doesn't it?
    Yes with every new detector we find great things for one reason. We dig everything. As we get comfortable with the machine, our good finds go down as we pass up iffy signals and reject numbers that tend to be trash.
    When a new detector comes on the market, everyone is digging all signals and so the hype propagates.
    Oddjob, AARC, 1637 and 2 others like this.
    Dig till you drop!

  10. #10
    us
    May 2014
    Wilmington NC
    Nox 600; CTX; Fisher CZ21; Minelab Excalibur II; White's Surf PI DF; 920i Stealth Scoop
    626
    520 times
    Beach and Shallow Water Hunting
    I can only speak for the beach as I don't detect anywhere else...

    I don't think its going to outdo any of the other beach machines (CZ21, Excal, CTX) for the most part. But its much much much lighter. I have 2 silver rings so far in about 10-12 hunts, which is about normal for pre-summer in my area. Both would of been read by my other machines. I am definitely picking up smaller pieces of can/metal than normal, so the potential to find smaller gold is definitely there. The thing you have got to remember is that the Nox is $650 and is just as good as those other machines (CZ21 ($1200), Excal ($1500), CTX ($2500)) for the beach. So being lighter, less expensive, just as deep, and just as sensitive if not more is a huge win in my book. If you have those other machines I don't think you need to go buy a nox unless you want a lighter machine. The advantages of the CZ21/Excal is that they are more waterproof (can dive) and the CTX gives more info (has better ID) and its coils are readily available.
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  11. #11
    us
    Jan 2007
    Gold Canyon AZ
    ML SDC-2300, Fisher F-75, XP Deus,
    708
    643 times
    All Types Of Treasure Hunting
    I have a 600. It is deeper on small stuff than my CZ6, but probably not quite as deep on larger stuff. It can be a pin to pinpoint and I am not satisfied with the degree of iron falsing. Having said that, for salt beach up to wading depth, there is probably nothing better yet, considering price/performance.
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  12. #12
    us
    Feb 2015
    Equinox 800, MXT All Pro
    391
    1004 times
    All Types Of Treasure Hunting
    Quote Originally Posted by Ammoman View Post
    Yes with every new detector we find great things for one reason. We dig everything. As we get comfortable with the machine, our good finds go down as we pass up iffy signals and reject numbers that tend to be trash.
    When a new detector comes on the market, everyone is digging all signals and so the hype propagates.
    I think this is generally true, however, the Nox has really changed my views about speed and I do agree with their marketing phrase "speed is the new deep". Most of the silver and treasures I have found this year was not because I was digging iffys or deeps. It was because I was getting superior separation with good tones and VID. Speed has really opened up every site I had previously discarded. There are other fast machines out there, but the Nox is so many things in one and is so reasonably priced that it was an easy choice.

    Where are all the gold chains? They are being found. Check some of the other treasure forums. But... I had visions of finding gold chains with Nox, then came to the realization that in order to do so I would be digging every VID of 1 and 2... That takes some serious commitment and patience, which is something I don't have at the moment. I am enjoying leisurely hunting and cherry picking too much to make that commitment and suspect many others feel the same.

    It basically comes down to the following for me: Am I happier now than with my previous machines? Absolutely! Am I digging more treasure with the Nox? Yes! Is my desire to go out and detect higher than before? Yes! Am I confident that I am maximizing my chances with this machine? Yes! The Nox is a bunch of machines in one for me. I can take it anywhere, and that is a HUGE bonus for me. It has opened up saltwater/shore hunting and I am having a hoot doing it. I can pick apart all kinds of details, as I have in other threads, but in the end I consider the Nox a major upgrade for me and it has added many new layers of joy to my overall detecting experience. Guys, don't forget - This is a first year machine. If you are worried about stuff, stick with your current machine or wait for the next gen Nox 1000 or whatever ML decides to do.

    Needs:

    Better Balance (Rotational Torque) - Give me an optional s-shaft.
    Stonger Modulation
    Overload

    B+
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  13. #13
    ca
    Dec 2015
    Whites xlt,ctx3030,equinox 850
    289
    228 times
    All Types Of Treasure Hunting
    Quote Originally Posted by AARC View Post
    Inquiring minds want to know
    always wanted to know....who are the "Inquiring minds".
    AARC and smokeythecat like this.
    Reading a manual can make you look real smart
    Not reading a manual...can just make you look not so smart.
    Telling people you can't read on a forum....just makes you look stupid.

  14. #14
    Charter Member
    us
    Coinshootist

    Oct 2016
    WI
    Equinox 800, XP Deus
    204
    183 times
    Metal Detecting
    I've been using the 800 for about 4 weeks now. My targets are just older coins while hunting inland. So far, these are my thoughts. This is coming from an XP Deus/CTX 3030 user:

    CONS

    Lower shaft wobble, feels cheaply made. So annoying I decided to go out and buy an Anderson Shaft to replace. HINT: On future models, look at graphite shaft/shaft locks on CTX 3030. Im sure everyone would be willing to spend an extra $100 to have the shaft done right. Looks rushed in order to hit shipping deadline. Grade: (D)

    Nearly impossible to hit a nickel in trashy parks without digging every beaver tail/pull tab in the area when accepting 12/13 on VDI. 50/50% change if accepting just 13 Grade: (C-)

    Nose heavy coil. Also, don't like the "rounded" tip of coil versus "notched" tip design of the CTX 3030 for pinpointing. Grade (C)

    PROS

    Machine is amazingly easy to use once you learn how to set it up right for coins (A+)

    Tone volumes make it easy to cherry pick w/o losing depth, since you can give a 0 tone to trash target areas (A+)

    Ultra-fast seperation w/o as much depth loss as you may expect, even at higher recovery levels (6/7) (A)

    Much lighter than its big brother (CTX 3030) w/o as much depth loss as you may expect (A)

    Overall, IMO, the 800 is definitely the best detector on the market today for the price. Outside of the nickle ID'ing issue i've experienced (unfixable w/o an update, which I don't expect to happen) i'm very happy with the machine. (shaft issue is fixable with after market brands)
    Oddjob, AARC, Hawks88 and 5 others like this.
    "There is no such thing as a hunted out location. There are only those whose patience has run out and who aren't up for the challenge."

  15. #15
    us
    ARC

    Aug 2014
    Bahia Del Espiritu Santo - "The Bay of the Holy Spirit” - La Florida
    JW 8X V.2 - ML X2 - VP 580
    20,964
    52015 times
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    Quote Originally Posted by fuceye View Post
    always wanted to know....who are the "Inquiring minds".
    A band I think

    :P
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